The story for the country’s number one movie continues to get crazier. And richer.
Crazy Rich Asians collected its third straight weekend win in grand fashion, banking an estimated $22.1 million and doubling the take of its nearest competitor. Add in the Labor Day holiday, and Crazy Rich raked in $28.3 million, which brought its overall haul to $117 million—a nice, tidy haul, especially when one considers its makers spent just $30 million creating the thing.
Two other holdovers followed Crazy Rich Asians into the box office’s upper echelons. The Meg motored into second place with $10.5 million, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout banked $7 million for third, cementing a place in the top five for the sixth straight weekend. The latest M:I movie has now earned $206.4 million, making it the third highest-grossing film in the franchise (Behind M:I – Ghost Protocol’s $209.4 million and M:I II’s $215.4 million), but it could well blast past both of ’em before it’s done.
Technically, Searching is a holdover, too, having opened in nine theaters last weekend. But it increased its reach by nearly 1,200 theaters, which pushed its weekend haul to about $6.1 million and gave it a top-five finish for its second week. (It finished fourth, of course.)
Operation Finale was the only true freshman film to crack the top five. It earned $6 million in three days. Kin, the weekend’s other major new release, was not so lucky. The surprisingly dark sci-fi thriller managed to pocket only $3 million to land in 12th place. Stick a pin in Kin: It’s fin.